Con Man is one of the more surprising success stories of the past couple of years and the changing media landscape, and it celebrated that in Hall H today at Comic-Con.
Alan Tudyk's web series about a struggling actor living in the shadow of his long-canceled role on a failed sci-fi TV series called Spectrum, while doing the rounds of the convention circuit, raised triple the amount Tudyk asked for when he crowdfunded the series. The snowball effect of all that interest, plus the fan-favorite cast and guest stars that Tudyk and producer/co-star Nathan Fillion pulled in, has led to a second season and a nifty presentation today in Comic-Con's big cavern.
With Fillion himself running the panel (and constantly reminding us that he "runs a tight ship," wink wink), the dais was packed with stars, including Tudyk, Casper van Dien, Nolan North, Felicia Day, Alison Haislip, Mindy Sterling and second season guests Liam McIntyre and Lou Ferrigno. According to Tudyk, he and Ferrigno will star in a musical version of Of Mice and Men this upcoming season -- except with Ferrigno as George and Tudyk's character Wray Nerely as Lenny.
That's one of the highlights of the second season trailer, which also features Nerely/Tudyk attending the biggest convention in the world, Chaka-Con, McIntyre starring as Girth Hemsworth, the "lost Hemsworth," who Nerely must fight for a role, Fillion's Jack Moore telling his staff he wants to make a Spectrum movie ("with the original cast!"), scenes from that delirious musical Of Mice and Men, and finally a shocking reveal about Fillion/Moore and his hair. It's a pretty hilarious trailer, and the satirical jabs at Hollywood, the convention circuit and fan culture look like they'll land.
Other things we learned:
-- Ferrigno's singing voice has been dubbed by an opera singer;
-- The show's Of Mice and Men is a full blown musical with five songs created for the production;
-- Tudyk, who directed all 13 episodes of the first season, directed just half of this season's shows because of his commitments to the new series Powerless and his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story;
-- There is now a Spectrum motion comic available and a Con Man mobile game coming out August 24;
-- Nathan Fillion can actually move his hair around on his head like a toupee.
Season 2 of Con Man will premiere later this year on Comic-Con HQ's subscription streaming service.